Sujal Patel

Only a year ago, his tech company Isilon was sold to a Boston corporation; now it’s planning 200 more hires in 2012. Party at the brand-new Pioneer Square HQ!

Molly Moon Neitzel

Sales of the ice cream queen’s Anna Banana sundae—named for her late sister—fund milk giveaways to needy families. It’s the least guilt that you’ll ever feel from a gazillion calories.

Woody Allen

His New Orleans Jazz Band may never make him as famous as Annie Hall (or his epic kvetching), but at least he’s doing his part to make the clarinet seem cool. (Paramount Theatre, Dec 26)

Tsiri Agbenyega

The African drug researcher touted his promising malaria vaccine in Seattle this fall. We’re behind the development, especially how it justifies our utter loathing for mosquitoes.

Mark Morris

When our native son choreographer brings his dance troupe home, he can do anything he wants. This time it’s a collaboration with jazz trio the Bad Plus. (Moore Theatre, Dec 1–3)

Nathan Myhrvold

The Intellectual Ventures founder authored a six-volume, molecular gastronomy cookbook. After his talk, he’ll spirit off to, what, buy a magical island? (Town Hall, Dec 5)

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